About Puerto Carillo

Puerto Carillo is a charming gem of 1,800 residents located on the green hillsides of the Nicoya peninsula. Here, you are insulated from the noisy bustle of Costa Rica’s larger tourist areas. This hidden getaway has a distinct laidback atmosphere and that’s the way locals like it. One of the region’s best features is the stunning beach at Playa Carillo that entices with sparkling blue water and pristine sands. Native Ticos can often be seen enjoying the surf with their families in tow. Nothing recommends more highly than a stamp of approval from the locals themselves.

And though the beach is like a tropical paradise, it is unspoiled; even raw in its appearance. Massive development has not destroyed this place which is why ex-pats gravitate here. While other tourist areas of Costa Rica have loads of shops and commercial entertainment, this place relies on the exquisite beauty of nature to attract guests. Gently swaying palm trees beckon instead of neon lights. Venture down a pathway toward the beach to a lovely picnic area. Bring the cuisine purchased from a local vendor and let the sounds of the surf melt your cares away.

Reaching Puerto Carillo is easy by bus or small aircraft from San Jose or Nicoya. Once you’ve arrived, plan your stay at a local establishment or book a fishing tour. There are quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants to sustain you as you tour the city soaking up the local color. Enjoy a cup of amazing coffee grown on nearby plantations and listen to the macaws in the treetops.

Outdoor adventures are ready and waiting in Puerto Carillo. After spending a few days relaxing on the beach, book one of the exciting day trips available. Choose from whale watching, surfing, fishing, or snorkeling. Count the many species of tropical fish swimming past you or speed through the waves on a Sea-doo. An active life is encouraged here and every activity lives up to Costa Rica’s high standards for environmental protection.

Yoga is another popular activity here as many world-renowned yoga instructors have set up shop here. Classes are available for both aficionados and beginners. It’s a common sight to see people enjoying yoga on the beach at sunset.

Nature lovers will find plenty to do in the forests surrounding Puerto Carillo. Try an unforgettable horse ride in the tide pools near the beach or ride to the top of the hills for a breathtaking view of the bay at sunset. If bird watching is your thing, hike through the jungle to visit The Ara Project. This amazing place rescues and nurtures native macaws so they will continue to thrive in the area for decades to come.

More wildlife adventures await at La Selva Wildlife Refuge & Zoo. Over 40 native wildlife species live here in a protective and nurturing environment specifically constructed for them. Here you can learn about every species and have an up-close and personal encounter.

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